Energy in Oregon

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (PL 117-58) will fund the building and repairing of roads, bridges, deployment of broadband internet, strengthening of the electric grid and water systems, and much more. ​​​​
Background

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was introduced into Congress by Representative Peter Defazio on June 4, 2021. Following months of negotiations, the bill passed in Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Joe Biden on November 15, 2021. The law authorizes $1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending across more than 380 federal programs. Of that, approximately $650 billion reauthorizes existing funding, and another $550 billion adds new funding to support the nation's infrastructure needs. 

ODOE has been actively researching and planning for requesting available funds since the passage of the IIJA. The funding is provided under various programs, some of which are still under development with federal agencies.

View a comprehensive statewide list of identified programs by agency.


Stakeholder Engagement

ODOE hosted two webinars on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The webinars provided an overview of the anticipated funding to Oregon and gathered public input to establish guiding priorities for the agency.

Information from these webinars is available below. ODOE is currently reviewing common questions and preparing a FAQ guide, as well as reviewing the comments received to assist with priority development. 

Public Hearing:
ODOE will hold a public hearing Wednesday, August 31 to receive public input on its proposed grant application to the U.S. Department of Energy for the Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid program created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The public hearing will be conducted virtually via Webex. More information, including how to join the hearing, will be provided below.

Information about the federal grant opportunity can be found at: Section 40101(d) Formula Grants to States & Indian Tribes | netl.doe.gov. The federal grant opportunity is currently open for states, tribes, and territories to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Energy. ODOE intends to issue grants to improve the resilience of the electric grid based on the criteria included in the state application.   

ODOE will share the approach envisioned for setting objectives and metrics and the proposed funding distributions and recipients of the grant awards, including approaches for engaging stakeholders to establish formal objectives and metrics and to implement strategic planning processes.

Commenting on the proposal: 
ODOE will accept oral comments on the proposal for the department's application for the Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid program and answer questions at the public hearing on August 31, 2022. 

Written comments on the proposal are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022, and may be submitted through ODOE's comment portal.  

The department will consider public comments received as it finalizes the application for submission to the United States Department of Energy. ODOE plans to request approval for application to the Legislative Emergency Board in September, prior to submittal of the application.


Meeting Details:

Date/Time

​Meeting Materials
​​Public Hearing on Application for Federal Funding to Enhance 
Oregon's Grid Resilience

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 2 p.m.

Webinar link coming soon
Meeting materials coming soon
Informational Webinar

Wednesday, July 20​, 2022

6 - 7 p.m.

Meeting Recording​

Informational Webinar

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

1 - 2 p.m.

Meeting Recording



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